The Plumbing-Heating-Cooling Contractors - National Association parted ways with its chief executive officer, Allen Inlow, late in March. PHCC stated in a press release that the failure to resolve differences of opinion between the national association and some state groups on membership policy was the reason for the separation.

"Allen is a professional who has served us very well for many years," said Skip Flatten, PHCC-NA president. "Unfortunately, the association is not rebounding from its recent turmoil as fast as anyone would like. Both Inlow and the executive committee agreed that Inlow's departure under the terms of his contract would be in everyone's best interest. It is time for a fresh start."

The PHCC-NA executive committee appointed Gerry Kennedy as acting CEO. Flatten said a new CEO would be named in the near future.

In a letter to all PHCC-NA members, Flatten assured his fellow contractors that the sudden change in leadership will not affect member benefits.

"As your president, I want to assure you that the association will continue to offer all existing programs and services during this transitional process," Flatten said. "In fact, there are several new programs now available that you'll hear more about soon. During this period, PHCC will -- as always -- put the needs of the membership first. We look forward to continuing to serve you."